|1st||3:39||MND||1-0||EV||Naomi Rogge (16)||Ryleigh Houston/12, Linnea Hedin/5|
|1st||10:16||BMJ||1-1||EV||Haley Mack (10)||Paige Beebe/9, Tina Kampa/4|
|2nd||3:55||MND||2-1||PP GW||Michelle Löwenhielm (2)||Kateřina Mrázová/13, Jessica Healey/9|
|2nd||7:37||MND||3-1||EV||Anna Klein (5)||Ashton Bell/12|
|3rd||1:14||MND||4-1||EV||Kateřina Mrázová (8)||Jalyn Elmes/16, McKenzie Revering/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (15-18-3)||0/1||4/8||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (15-15-4)||1/3||2/4||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kerigan Dowhy (L, 4-1-1)||58:55||4||3||7||5||15|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (W, 15-13-3)||59:31||1||14||8||8||30|
With their backs against the wall, the Bulldogs pushed back in a big way.
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team counter punched Bemidji State University with a 4-1 triumph Saturday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena. With the win, UMD knotted the best-of-three series at 1-1, setting up a Sunday showdown with BSU to see which team will advance out of the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's playoffs.
"Great execution from the drop of the puck to the finish," said head coach Maura Crowell, who is now 6-3 in WCHA playoff games. "I like our energy, and putting the puck in the back of the net helps, but I thought we were just cleaner all over the ice. It's a confidence game, it's a momentum game, and we have all of that right now."
Freshman forward Naomi Rogge got the Bulldogs on the board early, following in her own rebound for the 1-0 lead 3:39 into the game. BSU answered in the form of a backhand by Haley Mack at the 10:16 mark, and the Beavers took a 15-4 shots on goal advantage and plenty of momentum into the first intermission.
Senior defenseman Michelle Lowenhielm single-handedly blunted that momentum at 3:55 of the second stanza, capitalizing on a Bulldog power play with an authorative blast from the point that deflected of a BSU player and past goaltender Kerigan Dowhy for the 2-1 lead. Less then four minutes later, rookie forward Anna Klein took a long feed from Ashton Bell and buried the breakaway. Klein's goal, her fifth of the year, dealt a 3-1 blow to the Beavers and put the game seemingly already out of reach for BSU.
The Bulldogs doubled-down on a game three assurance at 1:14 of the third period on Katerina Mrázová's eighth goal of the year. Mrázová tipped a shot from the point from Jalyn Elmes to front load UMD's lead at 4-1.
The Bulldogs were outshot by BSU 31-19, but senior goaltender Jessica Convery made 30 saves in the game to keep the Beavers at bay. UMD was 1-of-1 on its penalty kill and 1-of-3 on its power play, which is still tops in the WCHA and ranks fifth in the NCAA at 23.9.
"It was do-or-die and we really didn't want the season to end, " said senior defenseman Jessica Healey. "I think the team did what we didn't do yesterday, and that was win battles, and that's what won us the game."
BSU's Dowhy had just 15 saves for BSU, who fall to 15-18-3 overall and now trail UMD 9-3 in WCHA postseason play.
The Bulldogs will host the third and final game of the series tomorrow afternoon at AMSOIL at 2:07 p.m. The winner will move on to the WCHA's Final FaceOff next weekend at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.